Kamloops Blazers Week in Review – February 6

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Timmy O’Donovan

Wednesday, February 1st, 2011 vs. Spokane Chiefs – 4-1 Win

Back on home ice after five straight road games, the Blazers won 4-1 over the Spokane Chiefs. Matt Needham opened the scoring in the first period as Dylan Willick centered a puck and Needham jammed it in for his ninth of the season and a 1-0 Blazers lead. The Chiefs tied it in the second period as Dominik Uher’s shot deflected off of a Blazers’ defender and in to make it 1-1 through two periods. The Blazers won the game in the third period. They were sparked after Chiefs’ defender Corbin Baldwin was handed a 5-minute major penalty and 16-year-old Matt Needham went in and challenged Baldwin. The Blazers promptly scored twice playing four-on-four with Brandon Herrod and Brendan Ranford making it 3-1. The Blazers ended it when Austin Madaisky scored his 11th goal of the season for a convincing 4-1 win. Cole Cheveldave made 20 saves in goal. Full Recap and Highlights.

Friday, February 3rd, 2011 at Vancouver Giants – 7-5 Loss

In a high scoring game in Vancouver, the Blazers fell 7-5 to the Giants. The Giants scored the game’s first three goals to take an early 3-0 lead. Dylan Willick scored a shorthanded marker as the Blazers trailed 3-1 through the first period. Goals by Colin Smith and Brock Balson tied the game at 3-3. The Giants got a break when goaltender Cole Cheveldave lost his catching glove. The play was not blown down and the Giants scored shortly after to take a 4-3 lead. The Giants tallied again to make it 5-3 but Cole Ully got one back as the Blazers trailed 5-4 going into the third period. The Giants scored a quick one in the third period, but the Blazers weren’t going away as Brendan Ranford cut the lead to 6-5. Jordan Martinook solidified the win scoring a late goal for a 7-5 Giants victory. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave suffered the loss making 24 saves. Full Recap and Highlights.

Saturday, February 4th, 2011 at Seattle Thunderbirds – 3-1 Win

The Blazers redeemed themselves in Seattle with a 3-1 win. The Thunderbirds were storming early and Colin Jacobs jammed a puck past goaltender Cam Lanigan for a 1-0 lead. The Blazers tied it when Chase Schaber set up Brendan Ranford who one-timed a shot in to make it 1-1 through the first period. The Blazers took the lead late in the second period. Brendan Ranford set up Cole Ully in front of the net to make it 2-1 through two periods. The Blazers held off the Thunderbirds in the third period and Tim Bozon scored an empty net goal for a 3-1 victory. Cam Lanigan earned the win with a solid performance making 38 saves. He improved his record to 10-4-0-0 this season. Full Recap and Highlights.

Monster Mondays

To kick start your week, the Kamloops Blazers will be offering game tickets for a low price of only $10. Every Monday, tickets can be purchased at the Kamloops Blazers Box office for only $10 for any scheduled home games that week. This promotion applies to non-premium seating and will be in effect for the remainder of the season. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Blazers Box Office. For more details, follow this link or contact Director of Ticketing, Todd Carnelley at 250-828-1144 or by email at tcarnelley@blazerhockey.com.

Blazers Continue to be Ranked 2nd in BMO MasterCard CHL Top 10

The Kamloops Blazers continue to be ranked 2nd in the CHL Top 10 rankings. The Blazers have been a fixture in the rankings during the second half of the WHL season. This is the tenth time the Blazers have been ranked in the CHL Top 10 this season. The Blazers are the top ranked WHL team with a 37-12-1-3 record. The new CHL rankings will be out this Wednesday. To view the CHL Top 10 Rankings, follow this link.

Kamloops Blazers Hockey School August 2012

The 2012 Kamloops Blazers Hockey School is open for registration! Download the registration form by following this link. If there are any questions pertaining to Hockey School give Ashley Neuls a call at the Kamloops Blazers office at 250-828-1144.

The Swiss Machine

Blazers’ rookie forward Tim Bozon played in the CHL Top Prospects this past Wednesday in Kelowna. Bozon dazzled the crowd with his shootout attempt that can be seen by following this link. The 17-year-old forward has 27 goals, 26 assists for 53 points in 52 games this season. Bozon leads all WHL rookies in points, and goals. Read this story about Bozon courtesy of the WHL, follow this link.

Playoff Spot Clinched, Blazers sit 1st overall in the WHL

The Kamloops Blazers continue to lead the WHL Standings with 78 points and a 37-12-1-3 record. The Blazers were the first WHL team to clinch a playoff spot with a 3-1 win in Seattle on Saturday night. The Blazers currently hold a 13-point lead in the Division over the Vancouver Giants. The hockey club had a strong month of January going 10-1-0-1 to jump up atop the WHL standings. The Blazers will look to solidify the division title with a strong month of February.

The Blazers have already surpassed their win total from last season (29) with 37 wins, and are ranked 2nd in the CHL. The Blazers are 12-1-0-0 in their past 13 home games. One of the most glaring stats is the Blazers dominance against its Western Conference opponents with a 30-5-1-2 record. The Blazers also hold the best road record in the WHL going 18-6-1-3. The Blazers will have a tough test this week as they host the U.S. Division leading Tri-City Americans on Wednesday night!

Spike Wallace Awarded the WHL Distinguished Service Award

The Kamloops Blazers long-time former trainer and current Community & Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Greg “Spike” Wallace is being recognized by the WHL for his years of continued service. To read more, follow this link.

Blazers Back At Home with Tri-City and Kelowna this Week

The Kamloops Blazers are back at home on Wednesday night as they host the Tri-City Americans. The Blazers will play seven of their next nine games at home!

This weekend, the Blazers will host the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night and be in Kelowna on Saturday.

Next week will see the Blazers host three teams from Alberta. On Tuesday, the Eastern Conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings will visit the ISC. The Blazers will then host the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night and the hottest WHL team, the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday.

Gordie Howe Night Video and Fan Cam Video

There are two videos on the Kamloops Blazers website from Gordie Howe Night that was celebrated this past Wednesday. Game Host, Tara Gostelow, had a chance to read out the names of the five season ticket holders who won the opportunity to sit with Gordie in the Blazers’ suite. Click here to watch the video.

The other video features Gordie being recognized by the crowd and a ceremonial face-off. To view this video, follow this link.

Promotional Schedule

Check out the promotional events schedule throughout the 2011-12 WHL season. For the Full Schedule.

Team Leaders:

Goals – Brendan Ranford (29)

Assists – Brendan Ranford (35)

Points – Brendan Ranford (64)

+/- – Tyler Hansen (+30)

Rookies – Tim Bozon (53)

PIM – JC Lipon (78)

GAA – Cole Cheveldave (2.45)

SV % – Cole Cheveldave (.914)

Injury Report:

Jordan DePape, Upper Body, One Month

JC Lipon, Upper Body, Day-to-Day

Community Service:

Tuesday, February 7th – EDGE, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Tuesday, February 7th – School Visit 9:30am – 12:00pm

Schedule:

Monday, February 6th, Practice 2:00pm – 4:00pm, ISC

Tuesday, February 7th, Practice 2:00pm – 4:00pm, ISC

Wednesday, February 8th, Blazers vs. Tri-City, 7:00pm, ISC

Thursday, February 9th, Practice 2:00pm – 4:00pm, ISC

Friday, February 10th, Blazers vs. Kelowna, 7:00pm, ISC

Saturday, February 11th, Blazers at Kelowna, 7:00pm, ISC

Sunday, February 12th, TBA

Monday, February 13th, Practice 2:00pm – 4:00pm, ISC

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